Barely two hours after her grand slam coup, the new tennis queen finally burst out of the closet. Overcome by her feelings, bianca andreescu’s tears came out in the press conference.
"I’ve been dreaming of this moment for the longest time," said the 19-year-old canadian, who surprisingly defeated serena williams 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the new york u.S. Open, thus ending the 37-year-old american’s dream of 24. Grand slam title destroyed. Williams had set the record held by australian margaret court, which she has been chasing since her australian open triumph in 2017.
For andreescu, it was her first title on the big stage. But all the experts agree that many more will follow. "I can get used to this feeling," the canadian said when she had regained her composure. "I have always aspired to be like her," andreescu said of the 23-time grand slam winner williams. "Who female? Maybe I can even do a little better."
There’s still a long way to go, but andreescu has everything it takes to become the new superstar on the women’s tour. She was the first player born in this millennium to win the title at one of the four major tournaments. "She played strong. There will be many more titles to come," williams said after the bitter defeat.
It was impressive how strong nerves, cool and extremely self-confident andreescu appeared in her first rough final match. The 23,771 spectators in the packed arthur ashe stadium made such a racket "that at times i couldn’t understand my own words," as andreescu remarked. The americans wanted williams with all their might to become 24. Title drift, behind the scenes everything was prepared for the rough show after the final match. 20 years after her first grand slam title, she will set a new record in flushing meadows – something they don’t like in the sports-mad and hero-loving USA.
But in the end the tinsel fell down on andreescu, who at that time was still unbelievably and astonishingly cool to the trophy. The upright starter is the first canadian ever to win a grand slam tournament. Before her, only eugenie bouchard had reached the final at wimbledon in 2014, but lost to petra kvitova of the czech republic. After the US open, andreescu will be in the top ten for the first time.
For canada it was the second major sporting success this year. Before that, the basketball players of the toronto raptors had already won the title in the NBA. "Congratulations @bandreescu_! You have made history and made an entire country very proud," wrote canadian prime minister justin trudeau on twitter.
Andreescu admitted to being super nervous all day long. "In the final, against serena. I just tried to breathe as much as I could throughout the day and do that during the match as well."Ever since she was a little girl, she has imagined in her mind’s eye what it would be like to play and win a grand slam final against serena williams. "That it has come true now is crazy."
The situation was also a bit crazy for serena williams. Last year, she lost to japan’s naomi osaka in a memorable and inglorious final. The aftermath of that defeat, which was accompanied by insults and accusations of sexism against the referee, continued to haunt her for months. And now she was back in the final of new york – and experienced the next rough exchange.
"To be honest, serena just wasn’t present today," williams said, deeply disappointed at her mistake-filled performance. "I must find a way to make her appear in grand slam finals again."Since she returned to olympia in 2018 after the birth of her daughter, she has lost all four grand slam finals she has reached. 2018 in wimbledon against angelique kerber, 2018 in new york against naomi osaka, this year in wimbledon against simona halep and now against andreescu in new york. "I’m so close, so close, so close," said williams, "and yet so far away."